MEET THE TEAM

Tewa Wride

Instructor


Tewa has been involved in the performing arts for over 40 years as a student, performer and teacher. She has extensive training in jazz, voice, ballet and gymnastics. She is a former member of the BYU’s Young Ambassadors and was head cheerleader at BYU. She taught for the United Spirit Association for 4 years and danced professionally with Paula Abdul’s dance and cheer company. She has been on the faculty at Showcase USA for 22 years. Her choreography has been on the stages at Miss Utah, Miss America, DIsneyland and numerous state and national competitions, receiving judge’s choice awards for choreography. She is in high demand as a voice teacher and interview consultant. She is a former Miss American Fork and Miss Indian Scholarship. Tewa has coached many young women to local and state titles in the Distinguished Young Women, Miss Drill Utah and Miss America programs throughout Utah and Idaho. She is a true triple threat and loves teaching her students the importance of training in music, dance and theater.

Daysha Pedersen

Instructor


Daysha Hannemann Pedersen received her BFA from Brigham Young University in Music Dance Theater. While at BYU she was a member of the Young Ambassadors touring company for two years and performed nation wide and throughout Europe. After graduating from BYU she went on to perform three seasons at the highly acclaimed Tuacahn Amphitheater. Favorite stage credits: LITTLE MERMAID (Arista), GREASE (Cha Cha), HAIRSPRAY (Brenda), JOSEPH...DREAM COAT (Potiphar's Wife), PETER PAN (Tiger Lily). Other professional highlights include playing Giggle Girl in Odyssey Dance Theater's THRILLER, featured performer at LAGOON AMUSEMENT PARK, featured dancer in Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3, and background dancer in MTV's AMERICAN MALL. She loves passing on her passion for performing to the next generation and has also had many teaching/choreography opportunities with high schools and studios throughout the state of Utah, BYU, SUU, USU Eastern, Snow College, and Tuacahn.

Keena Harris

Instructor


Keena C. Harris has had a passion for performing since the age of three. She began song and dance lessons at age four and private vocal lessons under the direction of Tewa Wride at age ten. After high school, Keena moved to Nashville, Tennessee to attend Belmont University where she studied Music Business. She graduated in May 2008, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Business Administration – Music Business. Being surrounded by the music industry only enhanced Keena’s vocal skills and career as she began to write her own music, collaborate with other artists, and spend time in the recording studio.

While in Nashville, Keena entertained at festivals, hotels, and bars, including the famous Tootsies Saloon. She trained under Kim Wood Sandusky, one of the most influential vocal coaches in the global music industry, for four years. She has worked with many respected industry professionals, and each has provided input such as “Keena can do things with her voice naturally that is difficult, if not impossible to teach.”

Keena has performed all over the United States, from California to New York City. She has entertained audiences at various theme parks including Disneyland, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld, and at San Francisco’s own Union Square. She has performed to crowds of over 20,000 people at a number of different venues and events.

After seven wonderful years in Nashville, Keena returned to Utah with her family in 2012. She runs a successful Vocal Studio out of her home teaching private lessons to children and teens. She focuses on instilling confidence in her students while teaching correct vocal principles and proper performance techniques. Her favorite part of teaching is the special relationship she creates with each student as she tailors to individual needs. Keena also enjoys serving on the Miss Nebo Pageant committee as the Music Specialist. She resides in American Fork with her husband and two beautiful children.
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